Today marks the beginning of the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival, which runs through May 5 at the five-screen St. Anthony Main Theatre. The festival will feature 190 films from over 50 countries, higher-profile rivals South by Southwest, Tribeca Film Festival and Los Angeles Film Festival pale in comparison. MSPIFF 2011 offers one-third more choices than does SXSW or L.A. and beats Tribeca by more than 2 to 1.

MSPIFF offers activities for more than just movie lovers. The festival will feature evenings of live music and DJs as well as food, drink and afternoon conversation with filmmakers in its Festival Central Pavilion. Local bands Roe Family Singers and Total Babe are set to perform. There will be off-site parties, too, at such nightspots as Nick & Eddie, Kieran's and the nearby Aster Café.

If you want to get out catch some of the great films that are being shown or just hang out and listen to music and enjoy some food be sure to do you homework first. Only rookies will just show up. There is a lot of activities and events going on during MSPIFF 2011 so make sure you arrive early, buy tickets ahead and know where you're going.

You can check out the Star Tribune, City Pages and Twin Cities Daily Planet for more information on everything that is happening. If you want the best information that is most useful check out the Twin Cities Daily Planet is hosting pages for every film in the 2011 Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival. You can click on any film's title to leave a comment and/or rating, and to see what other users have said.

Get out of the house, its no longer winter and go enjoy films, music, food and more at this years Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival.

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